Im­mo­bile fires Lazio into Coppa Italia quar­ter-fi­nals

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Ciro Im­mo­bile scored a first-half brace as Lazio booked the first Coppa Italia quar­ter-fi­nal berth yes­ter­day with a 4-1 win over third-divi­sion No­vara in a game which was marred by racist and anti-semitic chants from a small sec­tion of the crowd at the Sta­dio Olimpico.

The chant­ing came from Lazio’s North End and was also aimed at po­lice who had clashed with fans on Wed­nes­day at Pi­azza della Lib­erta in the cap­i­tal when cel­e­bra­tions to mark the club’s 119th an­niver­sary turned vi­o­lent.

Lazio dom­i­nated the last-16 tie against the Serie C side from north­ern Italy with Im­mo­bilie set­ting up Luis Al­berto’s 12thminute opener for the Ro­mans.

No­vara goal­keeper Elia Benedet­tini saved Im­mo­bile’s 20thminute penalty, but the Lazio for­ward net­ted the re­bound, adding a sec­ond 15 min­utes later for his 13th goal in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son.

Ser­bian mid­fielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic blasted in a free-kick to give the hosts a com­fort­able four-goal lead just be­fore the break.

Um­berto Eusepi pulled a goal back for No­vara when he slot­ted in a penalty awarded for a Luiz Felipe hand­ball af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with VAR just af­ter half­time.

Lazio, who won the last of their six Coppa Italia tro­phies in 2013, will next play ei­ther In­ter Mi­lan or Ben­evento in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Ju­ven­tus be­gin their quest for a fifth con­sec­u­tive Coppa Italia later yes­ter­day at Bologna, as for­mer five-time win­ners AC Mi­lan are away to Sam­p­do­ria, who last won the Cup 25 years ago.

The Ital­ian league is still on its win­ter break but Ju­ven­tus and AC Mi­lan are warm­ing up for the Su­per Cup fi­nal in Saudi Ara­bia next Wed­nes­day.

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